Mix Wine Or Gin With Fruit And It’s Summertime

August 18, 2014

Some summer cocktail suggestions.

Summertime is always fun. The abundance of fruits, vegetables and herbs inspire us to shake up and expand our cooking, and also our drinking. Summer wine cocktails may seem sometimes to be a bit of work, but are so worth the effort. There are, obviously, numerous recipes in books and online, but summer means not having to do any homework (right?), so instead try releasing your personal creativity and dream up your own concoctions.

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Cool, Classic Cocktails

July 31, 2013

A review of the Carmel Kayoumi Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 and some summer cocktail suggestions.

It may seem counterintuitive to discuss Cabernet Sauvignon during the warm summer months. An ideal wine for cooler weather, the tannins in cabernet make it a poor match to the customary summer fare and an unlikely candidate to consider sipping poolside. But summer may actually be an ideal time to think about buying some Cabernet, especially if you have a location to keep it cool and undisturbed until the inevitable arrival of autumn and winter. The Cabernet Sauvignon grape is the result of an inadvertent, but very fortuitous, cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc that occurred in southwestern France in the 17th century. Thick skinned, relatively disease resistant and easy to cultivate, Cabernet Sauvignon has become one of the world’s most popular red wine varietals. Indeed, globally it was the most planted premium red grape varietal until Merlot edged it out in the 1990s. As it is still widely planted the world over, quality varies with the terroir and the skill of the winemaker — harvesting too early or late will result in off-flavors such as green peppers or over jammy black fruit. When well-produced, appropriately aged and treated gently, Cabernet Sauvignon becomes a true vinous treasure.

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Slake Your Thirst With An Air Of Sophistication

July 27, 2011

Terra di Seta

A review of the Terra di Seta Chianti Classico 2008 and some summer cocktail suggestions.

Italians have been making wines for thousands of years. Chianti is one of their better wines, however it unfortunately suffers from the image of the straw-covered curved bottle festooned with wax drippings. But Chianti is much more than a restaurant candleholder. It can be elegantly complex and is a fabulous food wine, especially with Italian cuisine. The kosher Terra di Seta Chianti Classico 2008 ($19) is a delicious medium-bodied blend of 95 percent Sangiovese with 5 percent cabernet sauvignon. It displays cherry, coffee and cranberry aromas that lead into raspberry, blackberry and vanilla flavors, soft tannins and a silky-smooth finish with a touch of cocoa and spice. For an accompaniment, think grilled salmon or tuna, any tomato-based dish or your favorite burger.

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